Generally, logos and designs that are used as brand identities for representing businesses are protected as trademarks. As they are original artworks that have an element of creativity, they are also protected as copyrights. Trademarks and copyrights are two different forms of intellectual properties and are protected by different laws, and the scope of protection under different laws is different too. In this article, the thin line between the protection afforded to brand logos and designs under the two regimes has been discussed. But discussing the same, it is important to first look at the meanings of trademark and copyright.

A copyright is a cluster of several rights granted to the owners of specific creative works. In a nutshell, a copyright could be explained as an exclusive legal right to do or authorize another person to use, reproduce and distribute copies of and/or make adaptations or translations of and/or perform or communicate in public certain kinds of creative works.